Digital Public Infrastructure


Digital Public Infrastructure

News: A lot has been written about the emphasis on “digital” in the 2022 Union Budget. But one aspect that hasn’t been talked about as much is the importance given in the budget to digital public infrastructure (DPI).


o A global trendsetter: India is seen as a global trendsetter in the DPI movement, having set up multiple large-scale DPIs like Aadhaar, UPI and sector-specific platforms like DIGIT for eGovernance and DIKSHA for education.
o Improvement in public service delivery: These DPIs have helped push the frontier of public service delivery.
o This year’s budget adds to the growing discourse on DPIs by making four key announcements:
o In health, an open platform with digital registries, a unique health identity and a robust consent framework;
o In skilling, a Digital Ecosystem for Skilling and Livelihood (DESH-Stack) to help citizens upskill through online training;
o Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) to streamline movement of goods across modes of transport; and for travel.
o In mobility, an “open source” mobility stack for facilitating seamless travel of passengers.
o Analysis by the Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP) estimates that national digital ecosystems could add over 5 per cent to India’s GDP.

Way forward:

o But important design considerations must be set right if we are to truly unlock the value of these platforms.

Differentiating between tech and non-tech layer

o We need to differente between the “tech” and “non-tech” layers of our digital infrastructure.
o While India seems to have made significant headway on the “tech” layers, the “non-tech” layers of community engagement and governance need a lot more work.
o The combination of these three layers is what is critical to making tech work for everyone.
o Together, they embody what we call the open digital ecosystems (ODE) approach.

Get non-tech layers right

o To unleash the true potential of India’s ODEs, we need to get the “non-tech” layers right, by prioritising principles around data protection, universal access and accountability.
o In this regard, three specific non-tech levers are critical.

1. Data protection: Protecting the data of all users and giving them agency over how their data gets used.
o The passage of a robust Data Protection Bill is imperative.
o But we also need to go beyond the mere requirement of “consent”.

2. Address digital divide: It is important to address the digital divide.
o Research by ORF, for instance, shows that Indian women are 15 per cent less likely to own a mobile phone and 33 per cent less likely to use mobile internet services than men.
o So, we need a “phygital” approach that provides services through both online and offline options and strong grievance redressal mechanisms.

3. Institutional mechanism: As we push the frontier on digitisation, India must also focus on developing anchor institutions and robust governance frameworks.
o Just as Aadhaar is anchored by UIDAI under an Act of Parliament, and the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is anchored by the National Health Authority, every new ODE requires an accountable institutional anchor. These institutions are critical for setting standards, ensuring a level playing field and safeguarding consumer interest.

DICS Branches

Our Branches

DICS Ahmedabad


(Head Office)

Address : 506, 3rd EYE THREE (III), Opp. Induben Khakhrawala, Girish Cold Drink Cross Road, CG Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, 380009.

Mobile : 8469231587 / 9586028957

Telephone : 079-40098991



Address: A-306, The Landmark, Urjanagar-1, Opp. Spicy Street, Kudasan – Por Road, Kudasan, Gandhinagar – 382421

Mobile : 9723832444 / 9723932444


DICS Vadodara


Address: 304, 305, 306, Aditviya Complex, Above Passport Seva Kendra, Near Delux Cross Road, Nizampura, Vadodara – 390002

Mobile : 9725692037 / 9725692054


DICS Surat


Address: 403, Raj Victoria, Opp. Pal Walkway, Near Galaxy Circle, Pal, Surat-394510

Mobile : 8401031583 / 8401031587


DICS New Delhi

New Delhi

Address: 53/1, Upper Ground floor, Near Popular juice, Old Rajinder nagar, New Delhi -60

Mobile : 9104830862 / 9104830865